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Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation - Medicine Root District, just on the beautiful northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation.

The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.

As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People, but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.

Kevin and Valerie Pourier

Working collaboratively, they create elegant - wearable - sculptural forms made of buffalo horn: shaped, carved and inlayed with semiprecious minerals. In the traditional manner, they also create contemporary Buffalo Horn Spoons and Cups. Many of which, have taken top awards at prestigious national art shows. It is no wonder that their simple - yet highly refined artform is much sought after by museums, galleries, and art lovers the world over.

In the manner of the Lakota way, Kevin and Val have learned by doing. their love for the lifeways of the Lakota People, their love of the art ways of the many northern plains peoples - all have deepened their understanding and broadened their vision of what Lakota Art was, is, and could be. And throughout their journey they have learned much that helps them to become better human beings.

True to their indigenous roots, Kevin and Valerie say, “Weʼre Lakota who happen to make art."

Most asked questions, "Where do you get the buffalo horns?" Here is the answer, click here. And what's up with the butterflies? click here to find out.

This picture of Sitting Bull is probably the thing that inspires me most of all. This is a very famous photo. The Monarch Wing in his hat band has been colored to make it stand out more. Lots of people never even noticed the wing until I point it out.

hat photo alone shows me that he knew of the power and the beauty of the butterfly. Looking at the time that the photo was taken, a time when we were having everything taken from us our way of life, our land, our buffalo, spirituality and our people were being killed, one has to understand what kind of termoil a leader would be going through, but yet he had the awareness and understanding of all things even the little things like butterflies.
Who can we name today that would do something like that under the same circumstances?

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2014 - Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Regional Artist Fellowship Awardee
2012 - USA Artists Fellowship Nominee
2011 - National Native Creative Development Grant
2006 - Archibald Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship
2005 - Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Visting Artist Fellowship
2004 - Southwest Association for Indian Arts Fellowship Award

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
Heritage Center Collections, Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Museum of Natural History, Denver, CO
The Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT
Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, Chamberlain, SD

Western Art Collector Feburary 2012 pgs. 49, 52 Photo & Write up on work in Shapeshifting Exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Western Art & Architecture Winter/Spring 2011 pgs.64-65 Artists to Watch
Masters of Contemporary Indian Jewelry 2009 pg. 183-186 Artist Profile
NMAI Smithsonian Magazine Summer 2007 pg. 29 Hit the Trail Photos
Santa Fe Trend Summer 2007 pg. 42 Innovations in Indian Country Photos
Southwest Art, Sept. 2006, pg. 42 - Native Arts Feature
Native People Arts & Lifestyles, Sept/Oct 2006, pg 18 - On the Wind Honoring
Santa Fe Indian Market Magazine 2006 Collectors Edition, pg. 131 - Winning Works
American Craft Magazine, 2006 Feb/Mar - Changing Hands Feature, pg. 76 - Photo
Native Peoples, 2005 July/Aug - Indian Market Preview, pg. 46 - Fellowship Profile
Cowboys & Indians, 2004 September, 2004 - pg. 70, Artisan Profile
Native Peoples, 1999 Volume 1, no. 2 Fall Issue, pgs. 32-34 - Photo Private Collection in Arizona
North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment, 1998, pg. 4 - Photo Lois Sherr Dubin
American Indian and the Natural World, 1998, pg. 104 - Photo Marsha C.Bol, Carnigie Museum of Natural History
Southwest Art, 1999 Volume 29, no.3, August pg. 52 - Photo Special Issue.. Guide to Native American Art
Southwest Art, 1998 Volume 28, no.3, August, pg. 97 - Photo Special Issue.. Guide to Native American Art
Indian Artist, 1998 Annual Collection, pg. 30 - Guide to Artists
Bison World, 1998 Volume 23, no. 2 April-May, Issue Cover Art
Indian Artist, 1997 Volume 3, no. 2 Spring Issue, Emerging Artist
Native Peoples, 1996 Volume 9, no. 4 Summer Issue, Artist’s Profile

2012 - Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art
Group Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

2012 - Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art
Group Exhibition, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

2011 - Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains
Group Exhibit, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2010 - First Indigenous Virtual Biennale
Group Exhibit, freeapache.com, Bob Hauzous & 15 Indigenous Artists

2010 - Hokah! All My Relations
Group Exhibit, Ten years of Art, Group Self-Portrait Show, Ancient Traders Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2008 - “RE: Generations, Legacy & Tradition”
Group Exhibit, Ancient Traders Gallery, Minneapolis, M

2007 - “...end of WHAT trail?”
Group Exhibit, IAIA Primitive Edge Gallery, Institute of American Indian Arts3/17/11, Santa Fe, NM

2007 - “Old Ways, New Days”
Three Bush Fellows Exhibit, Dahl Fine Art Center Gallery, Rapid City, SD

2005 - “ Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, Part II”
Group Exhibit, Contemporary Native American Art from the Prairie, Plains, Plateau and Pacific - Museum of Art and Design, New York City

2001 - “ Jewels of the Southwest”
Group Exhibit, New Directions in the Development of Contemporary Design in Southwest - American Indian Jewelry

Nov. 17th - Jan. 12th 2000 - “ From Four Directions”
Group Exhibit, Ancient Traders Market Gallery - Minneapolis, MN

1999 - 2002 - “Heart Dreams and Legends” A Story of Two Peoples
Group Exhibit, Cultural Exchange with Aboriginal Artists - United States and Australia Tour

Nov. 15th - Mar. 1 1997 - “ Native American Traditions/Contemporary Responses”
Group Exhibit, The Society for Contemporary Crafts - Pittsburgh, PA

May 4th, 5th 1996 - “ One Artist Exhibit” Coiled Pot Gallery - Denver, CO

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